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The Rev. David Pattee joined CUCC as Senior Pastor January 1, 2016. Previously, he was senior pastor at the Kent (Ohio) UCC 2008-2015, an activist congregation in the Kent State University community. A native of Portland, Oregon, David graduated from Northwestern University in 1978 and earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1986. He was twice awarded the seminary’s prestigious Albert W. Palmer Fellowship. Following ordination in 1988, David was pastor with a congregation in Connecticut and another in Illinois before he was invited back to Chicago Theological Seminary where he served as vice present for development until 2006. He has travelled widely in the U.S. and extensively in southern and central Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and India.
The Rev. Josh Kuipers joined CUCC as Associate Pastor February 1, 2017. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Josh comes to us with a wide range of experiences in ministry. He has served congregations from Eastern Africa to Southern California, and, most recently, in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his work as a pastor, he and his wife ran a group home for teenage boys in Richmond, VA. He is a graduate of Calvin College, where he studied Religion, Anthropology, and Kiswahili. He later earned a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (Emory University), where he was named their Sims Garret Scholar, and graduated with the Berta and James T. Laney award.
In his free time, Josh loves to be outside as much as possible with his wife Julia, and their daughter Caroline. He enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, rock climbing, and golfing. He is excited about all the opportunities for adventure and community in St. Charles, and looks forward to learning from the many remarkable people at CUCC.
The Reverend Patricia G. Kitner was licensed for Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ in December of 1983. She was ordained and called to our church staff in October 2004. She is responsible for coordinating various activities within and for our church. She leads worship on occasion, is available to fill pulpits for other churches, and officiates at weddings and funerals when called upon. Pat leads retreats and camps at Pilgrim Park, our church camp located near Princeton, IL. She is active in St. Charles community affairs as well as activities within UCC Fox Valley Association and the Illinois Conference where she has served on various boards & committees.
The Reverend William L. Nagy retired as Pastor of CUCC in 1994 after more than two decades of faithful ministry. While Bill’s entire tenure at CUCC surrounded our historic former location at 3rd and Walnut Streets in St. Charles, he was instrumental in getting the congregation started on building our current new and larger church facility. Bill was active in the St. Charles community, serving as long-time chaplain for the St. Charles Fire Department. He and his wife Rozella raised a family of three children in our midst. He and Rosella reside in St. Charles countryside, and continue to be active members of our Congregation. Bill still leads worship from the pulpit now and then.
Lauren Biddle joined the CUCC staff after being a special education teacher in surrounding areas for the past 10 years. Her little guy Lee was born this past December and be seen crawling around the office on Tuesdays and Wednesday’s. He has so many new “grandmas” his feet barely get a chance to touch the floor.
Lauren and her husband live on a farm just down the road. It is a grain farm with a handful of cows. One in particular is very loved and her name is Emma Moo Moo. John is a full time farmer with his family. Lauren and John both hope Lee will carry on this tradition.
Teaching is a passion of Lauren’s and she is so happy she can share that with church while balancing being a mother. She looks forward to many great lessons here at CUCC.
Kim graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2010 where she earned her degree in elementary education. After graduation, Kim started working at Swing Set Preschoolin 2011 as a part-time teacher. In 2012, she began the position as Swing Set’s Director. Kim believes that Swing Set Preschool is the perfect place to start a child’s educational path.
In 2013 while continuing to direct Swingset, Kim accepted a newly created position as Connections Coordinator . She serves as the staff liaison to the Congregational Life Committee, helping to plan, organize and promote the social life of the congregation. In addition, Kim strives to help new members to find ways to become immersed in church life. She also is an key member of the Congregations communication team, concentrating in social media.
In Kim’s spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her new husband, friends, family, and her little dog, Howie.
Tricia joined the church office staff in May of 2011 and became office manager in June 2014. She supervised the nursery during worship services from 2003 to 2016. She received her bachelor’s from Elmhurst College. Before becoming a stay at home mom Tricia worked in marketing in the healthcare field for companies in Westchester and Carol Stream. She handles correspondence, scheduling and coordinates office volunteers. Desktop publishing, layout and design are a huge part of her job, creating our church newsletter, The Highlight, the weekly church bulletin and brochures.
Trish assists Tricia in the church office, happy to do anything that’s required and grateful to be a part of this hard-working and fun-loving staff. Putting inspirational quotes on the dry erase board outside the office is one of her favorite tasks.
Trish graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught 5th and 6th grade in Louisville, Kentucky before having 3 children of her own. She and her husband JT moved the family back to Champaign/Urbana and then on to New York and North Carolina before moving back home to Illinois in 1999. They became members of the church in 2001.
Trish has more interests than time in the day to pursue them! She enjoys traveling, gardening, singing, writing, sewing, reading, swimming and, mostly, spending time with her three grandchildren and her large, lively, loving family.
She has recently taken up the ukulele.
Kristen Foley joined the office staff as Financial Manager in January 2016. Kristen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Marquette University in 1997. She married her husband, Brad, in 2007 and they moved to Geneva in 2008. Her previous work experience includes a position as Accounting Manager at a manufacturing company in Elgin. She left her position there in 2011 after welcoming twins, Sam and Kate. She now enjoys supporting the Church community in her role as Financial Manager. When not working or playing with her kids, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, running and trying out new restaurants.
Annie Adams is responsible for the care of infants and children too young to attend Sunday School in the church nursery during worship and at a few special events through the year. She is assisted by volunteers but is generally the one to see if you are dropping off or collecting your child. Annie is an active member of CUCC.